Cameron University faculty members Ron Gaines and Kelly McClure were honored tonight with awards recognizing their contributions to Cameron’s academic community. Gaines received the Award for Excellence and Innovation in University Service, and McClure received the Award for Excellence and Innovation in Instructional Technology Integration.
“We are pleased to recognize these dedicated educators for their outstanding commitment and contributions to student learning, Cameron University, and to the region we serve,” says Dr. John McArthur, Provost.
Members of the Cameron faculty nominated their colleagues for the awards. To be eligible, the award recipient must have been employed full-time at Cameron University for at least three years in a position with teaching as the primary responsibility.
Award for Excellence and Innovation in University Service
The Award for Excellence and Innovation in University Service is recognition for outstanding and sustained contributions in the area of university service to the Cameron University community, the region of Southwest Oklahoma, the state of Oklahoma, and/or the field in which the recipient is active. Ron Gaines, Temporary Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is the 2012 recipient. The nominator noted that as of Fall 2011, Gaines had logged almost 100 contact hours with students as a volunteer in the Academic Advising Center, serving as a key point-of-contact for freshmen and new transfer students with specific questions about healthcare-related degrees and professions. Gaines was also cited as being the most regular faculty advisor through the spring and summer of 2011, attending nearly all advising/enrollment events, where he would frequently advise more than one student when the number of advisees outpaced the number of advisors.
Award for Excellence and Innovation in Instructional Technology Integration
The Award for Excellence and Innovation in Instructional Technology Integration, presented to McClure, an instructor in the Department of Education, recognizes outstanding and sustained contributions in the use of instructional technology to increase student learning. The nominator noted McClure’s reaching responsibilities in the area of technology education courses and then cited his use of three specific endowed lectureships in instructional technology, which he utilized for video editing and presentation, interactive white boards in the classroom, and using iPads as a teaching tool. In addition to procuring the equipment, he has played a vital role in the department’s success utilizing the technology by sharing his knowledge and training his colleagues in how to use the equipment. McClure has also led the way in the development and implementation of the department’s electronic portfolio managements system for all teacher education candidates, devoting countless hours to both students and faculty to assist with their questions.
April 17, 2012